My buddy and I were just gathering momentum in our pool training, when Covid-19, a.k.a. the Corona virus, started to wreak havoc all around the world.
This winter has been all about Dynamic No-Fins (DNF). We were halfway the last lane building up to a full 100 meters – the goal before the winter season would end – when pretty much everything went on lockdown.
A huge bummer, since the water outside hadn’t warmed up enough… yet. But even when spring arrived and the weather got better and better, there was some hesitance to be noticed among our regular freediving colleagues. Which is probably only logical since both diver and buddy need to ventilate near each other when surfacing. And all measures to keep distance are at the expense of safety.
For buddies who are roommates or lovers this is a non-issue. But for all other freedivers it definitely is. Do you dive with different people? How do you decide who you trust with you on the buoy? Health-wise and/or safety wise.
In the end I decided to just trust Peter, who has been my buddy all winter and values his lungs as much as I do 🙂 That makes me believe he pays attention in his contacts with others the way I do. In addition to that, I decided to trust my own body in the worst case scenario: contracting the Corona virus. God forbid and knock on wood!
Fortunately I’m also not one of the potential high risk cases and suppose William Trubridge’s exercises should help: https://www.deeperblue.com/william-trubridge-offers-deep-breathing-tips-for-covid-19-sufferers/
These considerations gave me the mindset that allowed me to dive regularly these last weeks and I’ve been enjoying it so, so, so much! I truly almost kicked the addiction. Luckily I didn’t. I’m as hooked as I ever was!
I hope you found a way to get back in the water as well. So cheers to that my freediving friends. I’ll be back next week with another post about equalization for freediving. A great teacher has used his Corona time off to give us some great pointers for improving our equalization and I’ll be discussing his videos.